Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino

unnamedBritish artist, J. M. W. Turner’s most celebrated landscape painting the Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino. It was exhibited in 1839 and was pendent, that is a pair to a painting called Ancient Rome. Modern Rome is a memory of Turner’s experience when he was in Rome a decade earlier. The Canvas of the painting had three parts.

He first painted a part of the Campo Vaccino, the “Cow Pasture”, which is what the area was used for in Rome, held the ruins of the ancient world which was one of the three parts of the painting. In the second part of the painting he tried to show how buildings were made out of those ruins and in the last part he shows us how present day people use these painting in their daily life.The painting is a depiction of a living place and an evocation of the past still being used in the present.He was fascinated with the idea and that is conveyed through the extraordinary pallet bright yellows, purples, lavenders. Turner’s atmosphere quality in the painting is extraordinary, he has depicted both the sunlight and the moonlight. This setting of the atmosphere is based on a great poem by Lord Byron called

Turner’s atmosphere quality in the painting is extraordinary, he has depicted both the sunlight and the moonlight. This setting of the atmosphere is based on a great poem by Lord Byron called Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage(1818). The poem’s two lines can set you up for what you are seeing – “The moon is up, and yet it is not night, / The sun as yet divides the day with her.” It is believed that Turner was at his best in skills when he painted the piece of art. His work was made of an inseparable combination of emerging in nature and reverence for the art of the past. He also was extraordinary in experimenting both techniques and materials that he used.

Clearly this painting is in deep relevance to time as it depicts the three different era’s, i.e., the ancient ruins, how buildings were made out of it and how people use it in the present. It also depicts how the past is still being incorporated into the present. The atmosphere also depicts time as both the sunlight and moonlight are shown.

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